How does community-based irrigation water management impact water access in the southern and eastern Mediterranean?
Water in the Middle East and North Africa is a crisis waiting to happen. Four insights into the challenges and solutions to counter water-related challenges across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) with a leading global water specialist.
Current patterns of water management and development in the southern Mediterranean region are often not sustainable. The region is facing severe water scarcity with freshwater availability per capita among the lowest in the world, representing a serious constraint for socio-economic development and a potential cause for water-related conflicts.
Urban growth, temperature rise and melting glaciers threaten river deltas around the world. Southeast Asia – from India to China – in particular will be severely affected. Large numbers of people live in poverty, countries are densely-populated and coastlines are long. According to the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the chance that people in this region will be affected by water-related disasters is about 25 times greater than in Europe. How are people tackling water challenges in Asia?
Sharing the Contested Waters of the Middle East In 1988, the Egyptian Foreign Minister Boutros Boutros-Ghali said that the next war in the Middle East would be fought over water. What is the situation nearly 30 years on, [...]
Governance of Europe's Waters The European Water Framework Directive is a successful – although imperfect – model for international management and the protection of water supplies and natural water environments. The Water Framework Directive (WFD) is one of the most [...]